'Fantastic' - Neil Lennon hails Celtic senior player ahead of CL clash v Anderlecht
Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has paid tribute to Scott Brown as the Hoops skipper gets set to make the most appearances by any Scottish player ever in the Champions League.
Brown will play his 69th game in the competition against Anderlecht, breaking the previous record set by the iconic Kenny Dalglish.
Lennon, as quoted by Sky Sports, remains a huge fan of a player that he managed for four years.
He said: “He played brilliantly under Brendan he was fantastic under me. His football is a lot better than maybe what outsiders might think and he handles the ball very well under pressure.
“He’s always had a bit of the rascal in him but he’s really matured into this top all-round midfield player. You are seeing the best of him now again.”
Brown has won a host of trophies in his time at Celtic Park, including eight Scottish Premiership titles, three of which were won under the management of Neil Lennon. He has won a total of 14 major trophies with the Hoops, making him one of the most decorated players in club history.
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Lennon and senior player Brown will come face to face this weekend as the Hoops travel to Easter Road to take on Hibs.
Back to European matters, and the Hoops are huge favourites to clinch a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
They are three points and three goals ahead of an Anderlecht team that they already defeated 3-0 in September thanks to goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair.